• 2020 Scholarships


    Attention Senior families, you thought the essay writing was over – but there might be one more that’s worth the effort. There are many scholarships listed below for your student to apply!


    Awards are announced at the Awards Assembly in June at Ridgewood Avenue School.

    Complete the Application and submit it – according to the directions listed in the particular scholarship.

    What Happens Next?  Students will be recognized for their scholarships at the annual awards assembly. Some may be notified by the sponsoring organization.

    If you need assistance or have questions, please contact your guidance counselor or Erin Follet







    Patricia Caruso

    1100 Stonewall Lane

    Secaucus, NJ 07094


    Completed Application

    Official High School Transcript

    SAT Scores

    School Profile

    Complete list of Honors/Extra Curricular Activities/Two Letters of Rec

    300 Word Essay on: What are the most important issues in education today?


    EMS Council of NJ 2020 Scholarship 
    A. Applicant must a HS senior, in good standing, applying to a certified school of higher learning.

    B. Applicant must either be a member of or direct relative of a member of a first aid squad which is a member of the Sixth District of the EMS Council of NJ

    C. Application must be submitted to Ms. DeWitt before 3/1/20

    Sixth District EMS Council of NJ 2020 Scholarship Application




    The College Women's Club of Montclair 2020 Scholarship
                                 Females Only

    1. Parent/Guardian: Complete Section 1 and Sign

    2. Student: Complete Section 2 and sign. Return complete application to your Counselor with a copy of FAFSA or CSS, if applicable on or before

    3. Counselor: Add applicant’s transcript & letter(s) of recommendation, including one from her senior counselor. Applicant’s photo must be included.
    Applications will be disqualified if Income Section 1 is incomplete.
    Due Date 3/20/20



    NJ Sharing Network 2020 Scholarship

    Student must be a New Jersey resident
    Student must be a full time high school senior, who will be entering college in Fall 2020
    Student must be must be an organ and tissue donation awareness advocate or personally affected by, or a family member of, someone personally affected by organ and tissue donation and transplantation (i.e.: organ and/or tissue donor, living donor, transplant recipient, waiting for a transplant, or died waiting for a transplant).
    Student must be in good academic standing
    Employees of NJSN or the NJSN Foundation, their spouse and/or children are not eligible for scholarship consideration.
    Board Members of NJSN and the NJSN Foundation, their spouse and/or children are not eligible for scholarship consideration. 

    Complete application must be received by Friday, March 20 at NOON.




    2020 Music Scholarship from The Orpheus Club Men's Chorus

    The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus, organized and singing since 1909, is again pleased to offer a $2,000 scholarship this Spring to a high school senior who is pursuing music at an institution of higher learning. The application and instructions are on our web site www.ridgewoodorpheusclub.org ,click “Scholarship Information”. The deadline for the scholarship application is March 20th and we will announce the scholarship winner during the week of April 5th and present the scholarship to the winner at our Spring Concerts held on Saturday April 25 at 7:30PM and Sunday April 26 at 4:00PM. The winner of the scholarship is expected to perform at both concert dates.

    Due Date 3/20/20




    2019 2020 El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

    At El Dabe Law, we passionately believe in and support the importance of a proper education. Without an education, many doors will remain closed. Going to school is an uphill battle – and if you don’t have the proper aid in place – you may end up never going to school. We make this easier for you, by offering our $1500 scholarship. This scholarship is our way of providing support to those who want a higher education.
    In order to apply for this scholarship, we request you write a 500+ word essay on why having a higher education is important. We’d like to learn more about you as a student, and how you’ve persevered and fought to get the education you want. Tell us about one challenge, and how it has prepared you for the challenges you face as a student.

    The scholarship can be used for any form of school related expenses. We will not verify how it’s used.
    Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited university, in the U.S.A.
    Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
    All applications should be submitted no later than June 30th, 2020
    This scholarship will be awarded in the 2020 Fall Semester
    There is no application fee





    Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Scholarship

    The Tzu Chi USA Scholarship is a scholarship program funded by Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and provide financial assistance to outstanding college-bound high school graduates and continuing undergraduate students who were prior recipients in selected areas of the United States. Tzu Chi USA Scholars are selected on the basis of their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Each Scholar will receive an award of $1,000.00 

    Contact information: Sam Chou 973-857-8666
    Website: http://www.us.tzuchi.org

    Due Date: 3/14/20



    NJALS... the association for legal professionals 2020 Scholarship

    GPA of applicant must be "B"or above
    2 Letters of Recommendation
    Transcript of Applicant
    Scholarship Questionnaire completed by applicant
    Autobiographical statement in narrative form prepared and typed by applicant giving family background and expressing why and how this award will contribute to pursuit of educational goals.

    Postmarked before 3/16/2020




    The Vivian Gaunt African Heritage Scholarship Fund 2020

    STUDENTS MUST: Be graduating “average” senior of African descent

    GPA between 2.0 & 2.9

    ONLY clarity of career goals/consciousness of African heritage/balance between academic activities and special interests/work/initiative

    1. Completed application
    2. Two letters of recommendation
    3. Official High School Transcript
    4. Wallet Size Picture
    5. Three essays are specified within the application page
    6. A one hundred word personal biography
    7. Email addresses of the student & Guidance Counselor.

    Due Date: 4/3/20



    2020 Future Nurse Leadership Scholarship Application Packet


    Completed Application Form

    Personal Narrative

    2 Letters of Recommendation

    Copy of ACT and/or SAT Scores

    Current High School Students must provide copy of Acceptance Letter into an

    accredited School of Nursing BSN Program

    Current High School Students must provide copy of High School Transcript

    Current BSN Nursing Students must provide copy of unofficial College Transcript

    Application Submission:

    Scan all completed forms and required documents as PDF to scholarship@vnahg.org OR send by fax to 732-922-0986. Closing date is Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

    For additional information or any questions, please contact Debbie Clayton by email at scholarship@vnahg.org or telephone 732-219-7454


    Glen Ridge Police Department 2020 Scholarship

    Applications have been received and can be found in the Guidance Office and on The Google Guidance Classroom.

    Eligibility Requirements:

                Applicant must be a graduation High School Senior

                Applicant must be a Glen Ridge resident

                Applicant must be planning to attend an accredited college   or university

    The application must be complete and returned to the Guidance Office.

    DEADLINE: April 15th



    Essex County Retirees Education Association 2020 Scholarship

    NJREA offers four scholarships for upcoming college freshmen:
    two four-year scholarships, one two-year scholarship and one one-year scholarship. Scholarships are renewable based on the recipient’s cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year and continued enrollment as a full-time student. Thus, the four-year scholarships have a total value of $6,000.00, the two-year scholarship has a value of $2,000.00 and the one-year scholarship has a value of $2,000.00.
    Due Date: 4/17/2020





    Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce 2020 Scholarship

    Financial Need
    Fall attendance at a college, university or vocational school
    Intention to pursue a career that is business oriented
    Extra-curricular/community activities
    Must be a resident of Bloomfield, Belleville or Glen Ridge
    (2) $1,000.00

    Due Date: 4/24/2020

    Please come to Guidance to pick up scholarship application. 


    The Caroline Bassillo Scholarship began in 2011 and has been supported by the Bassillo Family in the name of their daughter. Caroline lost her fight to cancer at the age of 29 in June 2010. She began her career as a Special Education teacher at Glen Ridge High School. Her students and colleagues enjoyed her passion for teaching. Her upbeat presence and warm smile are sorely missed by all who knew her.

    Caroline’s second love was theater. She minored in Theater Arts in college and worked with the Glen Ridge Drama Club on several productions. Caroline also had a passion for music. She had a beautiful voice and was a member of many local bands and once sang the National Anthem at a Jackel’s Game. She incorporated this passion for the arts into her classroom, which enabled students to practice both communication and collaborative skills through hands-on lessons. Caroline fostered a positive community within her classroom and had a gift of meeting students at their level, and working with them to improve their skills in her English classes. Her students, as well as the school community, will forever remember and miss their teacher, friend, and colleague.

    As an honor to Caroline's work and in her memory, this scholarship is intended to be a living tribute to her career and the work she did for students with special needs. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who undertakes a career that is based on an altruistic desire to improve community. The following criteria must be met in order for the applicants to be considered.

    1. The Applicant must be a student at Glen Ridge High School.
    2. The Applicant must be attending a four-year college in the Fall.
    3. To apply for this scholarship, the Applicant must type answers to the criteria
    4. All documents submitted should be double-spaced, 12-font, and printed on one
    side of the paper.
    5. The committee made up of staff from Glen Ridge, who knew Caroline Basillo will
    base their decision on the responses you submit.

    Instructions After completing parts A and B, place all documents in an envelope with your name on the outside.

    Part A: Write a BRIEF letter, no longer than a page, to the Scholarship Committee giving the following information.
    1. Your current GPA
    2. The college you will most likely attend next year and what you are interested in
    majoring in.
    3. Your work experience.
    4. Your extracurricular activities

    Part B: Write a response to the Scholarship Committee to each of the questions below. All responses should not exceed 500 words.

    1. After reading the short blurb about Caroline, what is something about her life that
    stands out to you, and why?
    2. Caroline improved the lives of her students, friends, and family. How in your
    future, do you see yourself improving the lives of others?
    3. Caroline had to overcome many challenges in her life, what is a challenge you
    have had to overcome in your life?


    Glen Ridge Education Association Scholarship 2020

    If you are applying for this scholarship, please be cognizant that:

    ● You may be asked to attend an interview on May 14th between 3:20 and 5:00
    ● Your application will be read by a group of Glen Ridge Teaching Staff
    ● If you are asked to attend an interview, the scholarship committee that will interview you is made up of teaching staff from all three schools in the district.


    1. The Applicant must be a student at Glen Ridge High School.
    2. The Applicant must be attending a four-year college in the Fall.
    3. To apply for this scholarship, the Applicant must type answers to the prompts.
    4. All documents submitted should be double-spaced, 12-font, and printed on one
    side of the paper.

    Purpose: Each year teachers and employees of the Glen Ridge Association give away a scholarship to a deserving high school senior. The Committee bases their recommendation on certain criteria. Listed below are several characteristics that will be considered when making our recommendation.

    Respond to all three prompts not to exceed 500 words in total.
    ● Describe why you value the education you received in Glen Ridge school system
    ● Describe three accomplishments your education has helped you achieve on a personal, academic, or community level, which would qualify you for this scholarship.
    ● If you had to give your 6th-grade self some advice about your academics in high school, what would your letter say? 


    The Law Offices of Peter N. Davis and Associates, LLC 2020 Scholarship 

    The Law Offices of Peter N. Davis and Associates, LLC. We are excited to announce our annual $2,000 scholarship, which is available to college students in New Jersey or Pennsylvania who have been accepted to or are enrolled in a 2-year college or 4-year university with a GPA of at least 3.0.

    For your convenience, here is the link to the application page on our website: https://peterdavislaw.com/peter-n-davis-scholarship/Would you please share this with your students? Eligibility and application details are below: 

    Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university in New Jersey or Pennsylvania during 2020. All majors are encouraged to apply.

    One student will be selected to receive $1,000 in scholarship funds and two students will be selected to receive $500 each in scholarship funds based on their winning essay response.

    Scholarship funds must be used to pay for tuition and other education-related expenses.

    To enter, applicants are encouraged to send their submission to via form on our website.

    The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2020. The winner will be notified individually and announced on our social media between June 1, 2020.

    We would be honored if you could let your students know of this opportunity and possibly included us on your scholarship resource page.

    Again, here is the link to the application page: https://peterdavislaw.com/peter-n-davis-scholarship/.



    Disabled American Veterans Department of NJ

    The New Jersey Disabled American Veterans will be awarding (3) three $1,500.00 Scholarships to graduating High School Seniors for post High School Education (College, Community College, Trade School, etc.).


    1. Applicant must be a NJ resident.
    2. Applicant must be a natural or adopted descendant of a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Dept. of NJ (sons, daughter, grandsons, granddaughters, nieces, nephews, cousins).
    3. Applicant must be a graduating High School Senior.
    4. Applicant must submit, in his or her own words, an essay of no more than 500 words on: “My Vision of America, and what I would do to improve it”
    5. Application and essay must be typed or printed legibly in its entirety.
    6. Applicant may submit only ONE application.
    7. Applicant must be sign and date authentication. Parent or Guardian signature is also required if applicant is under the age of 18.
    8. All applications must be received no later than, 3:00PM-May 17, 2020.
    9. Applicant must provide proof of relationship and that the veteran is a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

    The committee will select (3) three winners of these Scholarships from all eligible applications. The winners will be notified by certified mail in a letter with accompanying check.


    The James Gillespie Scholarship Fund 2020

    Honoring the character of Jim Gillespie, a life-long resident of New Jersey and a graduate of Glen Ridge High School, class of 1983. This scholarship program rewards one college-bound student with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Recipient will be awarded a $1000 scholarship for undergraduate study expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board.

    Jim lived his life lifting others up. Whether he was on the baseball field, the football field, or walking down the halls of GRHS, he made people smile. He was friends with people across all groups in school, as well as throughout his life, a life that always included a connection to his love of Glen Ridge.

    He is missed for his ability to find humor in most situations, always with a well-timed joke. He worked hard and was a star athlete but he did not take life too seriously, understanding that his relationships with others meant more than winning the game.

    If you feel you would be a candidate for this scholarship, please submit an essay that describes how you exemplify the qualities of Jim Gillespie, as well as two letters of recommendation.

    Forward essay and letter of recommendation to Jane Kaplan via email: janekaplan327@gmail.com

    Due Date: May 1st



    GRMPA Scholarship 2020

    How To Apply: Fill out this application form and give it to Dr. Gage or Mr. Pavliv by May 8th, accompanied by your essay. They will complete the recommendation section, sign it and submit it to the GRMPA Scholarship Committee.

    Criteria for Consideration:*
    -Must be a graduating Glen Ridge High School student
    -Must be pursuing a full time bachelor’s degree in the fall semester
    -Must be recommended by a high school or private music instructor.
    -Must participate in 2 major fund-raising efforts (list below)
    -Must submit a brief essay explaining why they should be considered
    (What contribution have you made to the community through music? Please provide your plans on continuing musical pursuits and examples of self growth within your time at GRHS)

    Due Date: 5/8/20 


    PB and J Scholarship

    $500.00 - $1000.00

    Apply at http://bit.ly/pbjscholars2020

    Who is the scholarship for? Students who have experienced challenges in their life and have the drive to succeed. For the first time, this scholarship is offered to GRHS.

    Eligibility: Open to all college-bound seniors at GRHS. Attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college in the Fall of 2020.

    Contact: Traven Watase for questions at 808-450-9988 or email travwatase@gmail.com

    Due Date:5/31/20



    I would like to announce the Injury Doctor Scholarship.

    This scholarship is available to all high school seniors and current

    college students who are planning on entering the medical field.

    Here are some brief notes on this scholarship:

    $1,000 (One-time award)

    Due June 30, 2020

    Must be attending a 4-yr college/university or 2-yr community college for Spring 2020

    Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted



          This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on merit & need.

          Completed application must be submitted online by June 30, 2020.



          Applicant must plan to attend college by fall semester 2020.

          Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.

          A transcript must be attached to application for consideration.

          Applicant must submit an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.

          Applicants must write a 500 word essay on why they are interested in entering the medical field

          This scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000 to be awarded the fall semester of 2020. 

          Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to        substantiate their application.

          Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need for this scholarship